The key to good dental health starts with a dental exam. At New Westminster City Dentist, we focus on preventive techniques to maintain the health of teeth and gums. We recommend that you visit your dentist at least once a year. This way, we can assess your oral health and stay ahead of problems before they arise.
When your gum line begins to recede, and the teeth roots are exposed, this can lead to gum disease. Receding gums can also cause tooth sensitivity and bone loss around the teeth. If you suffer from thinning gums or gum recession, your dentist may recommend gum grafting.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screening is an important component of an oral exam and should take place at least once a year. Your dentist will check the gums for any discoloration or mouth sores. If you notice any changes to the tissues inside the mouth, it is important to set up an appointment with your dentist.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the surface of the teeth. They are recommended for children over the age of six but can also be applied to adults to prevent decay due to food particles getting stuck in the small nooks and crannies of the teeth. Sealants are quick and easy to apply and help to reduce the incidence of decay.
Dental x-rays are important to assess for cavities, bone loss, and other dental issues. We provide digital x-rays in our office. Digital x-rays are simple to perform and require only a sensor placed in the mouth. They are far less intrusive than traditional x-rays, and you don’t have to bite into x-ray papers or wear special protective bibs and glasses.
When the interior of your tooth becomes damaged or infected, your dentist will perform a procedure called a root canal. While some individuals are apprehensive about a root canal procedure, this treatment is completely safe and effective. Root canals are commonly used to treat the pulp inside the tooth, which has become infected or inflamed, in order to save the natural tooth and prevent a full extraction.
If you have excessive tooth decay, your dentist may need to perform a tooth extraction. Wisdom tooth removal is also common amongst teenagers when new teeth form badly or cause crowding in the mouth. In both cases, the removal procedure is relatively quick and easy. It is performed under a local anesthetic to ease the pain.